Media, same-sex marriage advocates (named Ed only?) get louder even as their cause loses state electoral contests
Two months ago, North Carolina voters rubbed their tar heels in the same-sex marriage movement's face and becoming the 31st state to pass a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. (If only President Barack Obama had "evolved" sooner?) Ten other states have statutes defining marriage as exclusively a union between one man and one woman. Six states and the District of Columbia now issue marriage licences to same sex couples, but a majority of voters of no state has ever approved of the practice.
It turns out that one member of the vast majority of Americans that agrees with 88% of the states is Dan Cathy, president of Atlanta-based fast-food giant, Chick-fil-A:
The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.
"That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added. Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.
"We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
Mainstream media report a "firestorm" over Cathy's comments but this opposite-sex gamecock divorcee (and, full disclosure, regular consumer of fried chicken and pickles on buttered buns at the behest of black-and-white-splotched cows) can only find one "prominent" boycott on the first two pages of a Google search:
Hollywood actor Ed Helms sent a message on Twitter on Wednesday saying he is now boycotting Chick-fil-A.
"Chick-fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to gay chickens. Lost a loyal fan," wrote Helms.
But the company's continued commitment seems to have overcome some homosexual groups who have called for previous boycotts.
"We've moved on," Heather Cronk, managing editor of Get Equal, a national LGBT group, told the AJC, saying many in the gay community stopped dining at the chain long ago."
How "loyal" a fan can one be if they just found out last week that the restaurant famous for being closed on Sundays before they hired the cows, has based its business practices on Biblical principles since its founding in the late 1960s?
But seriously, are there enough gays, lesbians, transvestites, transgenders and even gender questioners anywhere except San Francisco and Mid-Town Atlanta to make an ongoing boycott discernible? I'm asking, and shouldn't boycotting same-sex marriage advocates be defined as intolerant, anti-parental-diversity-for-children-o-phobe bigots?
Surely Google Inc., especially after launching a new world-wide campaign for same-sex marriage (unless the profits in a particular country, say China, outweigh speaking out against other human rights such as the right to speak unfavorably against the Communist Party or not have an abortion if ordered to do so by Red Chinese), doesn't have its search engines play down the so-called non-Ed Helms portion of the "firestorm"? And btw, does Ed smoke?
Meanwhile, will Questioners soon accuse LGBTers of hating on them for removing the "Q" from the former LGBTQ inclusive acronym? And will former Massachusetts congressman Barney "Banking Queens" Frank finally be cured of leasing space prostitution by his recent same-sex marriage? We continue to search for an announced boycott against a company because its president affirmed opposition to parental diversity as we advocate a boycott against boycotts as Chick-fil-A weathers Ed's.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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